Mt Hassell, Stirling Range NP
Located in the spectacular Stirling Ranges, the trail to the peak at 847 metres ascends a total of 430 metres over 1.5 kilometres. It starts gently, has sections of scree and then requires a rocky scramble to the top. It offers superb views, especially of Toolbrunup.
About the Trail
The trail up Mt Hassell has fewer steps than some of the other peaks, beginning gently and then followed by steeper sections of scree. At a height of 700 metres there is a large flat rock, beyond which the trail becomes steeper and requires some rock scrambling. As with all of the peaks in the Stirling Ranges, wildlfowers are to be seen most of the year.
Ripple marks can be seen on the rocks on Mt Hassell, evidence that the ranges were once covered by a shallow sea. After the sea receded the layers of sediment were transformed into layers of rock by the pressure created by their own weight.
More than 1500 species of flowering plants exist in the Stirling Ranges, including the endemic mountain bells only found above the 300 metre contour level.